2017 Board Member Introductions
- What do you love about the area in which we live?
- What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t at work?
- What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
- What challenges are you looking forward to tackling with The Chamber?
Cathy Bishop-Clark – Miami University Regionals
I have worked at Miami Middletown for 27 years. What I love about Miami Middletown is we are an open access institution offering a very high quality affordable education. I have always loved the diversity in Middletown and we see that diversity on the Miami Middletown campus.
I enjoy spending time with my family: husband (Greg) and two daughters (Chris 20 and Kelly 18). I like to exercise and I run, swim, bike and lift weights. I have always enjoyed reading and learning new things. I like to plan vacations and new experiences.
Because I do like vacation planning, we rarely go to the same place twice and our vacations tend to be adventures. We have hiked, rafted, rappelled, snorkeled, climbed rocks, hiked glaciers, cruised Alaska, boated, and hiked some more. My family has visited almost all of the national parks in the US. My favorite is the Grand Canyon – not the top but the bottom of the Canyon. I worked there one summer when in college and it is the one place I have returned several times. I have hiked to the bottom and back out 6 or 7 times.
My passion is and continues to be education and more specifically offering a high quality affordable education to all. Our graduates tend to stay in the area. I look forward to working with the chamber to identify the ways the university can work with the businesses in the area to best satisfy local needs.
Scott Palmer – Butler Tech
I love a lot of aspects of Southwest Ohio. I am not from this part of the world, so there is a lot to discover. The geography, the history, the variety of people all makes Southwest Ohio a special place.
When not at work I love spending time with my family, reading books, listening to music and cooking.
My favorite vacation spot is Greece. The history, the food, the people, the climate, and the water all provide a perfect recipe for relaxation.
I look forward to working to better get to know the challenges facing businesses in The Chamber’s service area and helping to provide solutions to those challenges.
Dale Rupp – AK Steel
I grew up in Monroe and still currently live in Monroe. I enjoy the smaller town atmosphere, schools, the people, being close to several area shopping options and the many good restaurants that are in the area.
Spending time with my family and watching my kids play sports.
We have a small place at Lake Cumberland. We enjoy spending time on the water and boating.
Continuing to work with the Education/Career Paths task force team to identify ways to support the hiring needs of local businesses while working with the local education institutions.
Mimi Summers – Cincinnati State Middletown
Middletown is aptly named, because we are fortunate to truly be in the “middle” of so much in this region. For sports enthusiasts like myself, there is no shortage of opportunity to cheer on your favorite team or attend world-class caliber tennis at the ATP/WTA tournament in Mason every August. For those interested in the arts, the Middletown, Cincinnati and Dayton communities offer numerous options including the Pendleton Arts Center, the Middletown Lyric Theatre, the Middletown Performing Arts Academy, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Cincinnati Contemporary Dance Theatre, the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic, just to name a few! Our community is poised centrally such that we can also go to Columbus or Indianapolis with a reasonable drive as well. I also love being in a community where there are so many educational resources, with Cincinnati State Middletown, Miami University Middletown, and Butler Tech, all located right here in Butler County. And most of all, I have always enjoyed the people of our community. So friendly and welcoming, we are all so fortunate to live and work in an area where you will meet the nicest and most genuine people along the way.
When I’m not at work, I tend to focus on my children and my home. I enjoy sports and am a loyal-to-the-end Bengals and Reds fan, along with the Bearcats, Buckeyes, and Flyers. I’m also a big fan of professional tennis. I love animals, and have 2 dogs and 2 cats in addition to my 3 kids, so my hands are full and I love it. Music is very important to me, and reading, puzzles and travel round out my personal interests when I’m not at work.
Any place with a beach is my favorite vacation spot! My family and I have enjoyed Indian Rocks Beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida, but have also spent time on the East Coast of Florida and in the panhandle as well. I find the ocean to be very healing and relaxing, and I love hearing the sound of the waves as I fall asleep at night.
I look forward to tackling the challenges faced by The Chamber pertaining to helping to attract new industry and business to the area by showcasing what our community has to offer. I have a particular interest in ensuring that our educational resources in the area are highlighted and presented in a seamless and understandable fashion to those companies which are seeking to locate or expand in the area. However, it is my opinion that all sectors will need to come together to ensure that a cohesive and thorough picture of our amazing community is presented to outside parties so that our message is unified and very clear – the Middletown, Monroe, and Trenton area means business and we will showcase exactly how and why.
2016 Sustaining Members
Atrium Medical Center
Deceuninck North America
First Financial Bank
Midd Cities Partners
MidUSA Credit Union
Robinson Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Tech Force OnSite, LLC - Trenton Computer
American Savings Bank
Cox Media Group Ohio
Joe Morgan Honda
Miami University Regionals
Miller Insurance, Inc.
Nenni & Company, CPA's
Slam Dunk Sports Marketing